By Will Butcher
Callum McManaman is set to become Newcastle’s 12th summer signing – and supporters remember him only for his horror tackle against them three years ago.
Rory Smith, the new chief correspondent for the New York Times after leaving the Times in England, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 25-year-old attacker will join the Magpies before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
The former Wigan winger is not held in high regard by the Magpies’ fans following his tackle on full-back Massadio Haidara back in 2013.
Although some fans are not impressed with the Magpies’ decision to sign McManaman, others are willing to look past the winger’s shocking tackle.
Here are a selection of Newcastle fans’ tweets:
McManaman…. That tackle…. Hope he does it to Jack Colback in training. #Nufc
— Jonny McDonald (@jonnydmcdonald) August 29, 2016
Callum Mcmanaman next in at #NUFC? He's remembered for that tackle but he did apologise for it afterwards I believe. Worth giving a chance.
— NorthSport (@NorthsportRadio) August 29, 2016
People can tell me I need to move on, but I despise McManaman and do not want him at the club. #NUFC
— Rhys Melhuish (@RhysMelhuish22) August 29, 2016
Not sure on Callum McManaman. His tackle on Haidara will never be forgotten and he isn't the most likeable character either. #nufc
— Jacob Jackman (@JakeJackmann) August 29, 2016
Call me bitter, but I do not want McManaman anywhere near the club #Nufc
— Steven (@Kylodameron) August 29, 2016
Good job Siem de Jong was loaned to PSV. McManaman would kill him in one training session. #nufc
— Neil Paterson (@nufcbooboy) August 29, 2016
Callum McManaman? Starting to lose patience here. Don't like him, rate him or want him at #NUFC. Please no.
— Marc Jobling (@MarcJobling) August 29, 2016
Won't forget McManaman's tackle on Haidara, but if he gives his all in the shirt, he's forgiven #NUFC
— Pid (@Stuart_Herd) August 29, 2016
One fan is so against the signing of McManaman, that he would rather sign his 44-year-old namesake, Steve.
I'd rather sign Steve mcmanaman #nufc
— Jonathan Jones (@cornedbeefpie) August 29, 2016
The former Wigan Athletic winger made just 15 appearances in all competitions last term, and has fallen down the pecking order behind the likes of James McClean, Matt Phillips and youngster Jonathan Leko.
Newcastle are looking to sign a winger as Moussa Sissoko’s future hangs in the balance, while Yoann Gouffran is also expected to leave. Wide men Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella and Andros Townsend have all quit St. James’ Park this summer.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this La Liga side are set to confirm the signing of Emmanuel Riviere.